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Sunday, 10 June 2012


Beirut's name first appeared in cuneiform tablets in the 14th century BC.

The city was destroyed in 551AD by an earthquake, which triggered a devastating tsunami Overall large numbers of people were reported killed, with one estimate of 30,000 by Antoninus of Piacenza.

Beirut was devastated by civil war in the 1970s and 1980s and by the conflict between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Israeli forces.

Keanu Reeves, star of The Matrix, was born in Beirut.

Beirut was named the top place to visit by The New York Times in 2009.

No population census has been taken in Lebanon since 1932, and estimates of Beirut's population range from as low as 938 to as high as 2,012,000.

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